Rosie Cooper MP

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10/10/08 MP calls meeting after death of boy, 14, in collision

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling an urgent meeting this week after a 14-year-boy died in a road traffic collision in Skelmersdale.

MP Rosie has called the meeting with County Council Cabinet Members following the collision which happened on Houghtons Road, Skelmersdale, last Thursday. The 14-year-old boy was crossing the road when he was in collision with a taxi.

Rosie Cooper MP said: “It is the second time in four years that a teenager has died on that stretch of road and, although the circumstances were different, it still raises some serious questions about road safety.

“I understand that in this latest incident, the young boy was a pedestrian. There is no pavement on Houghtons Road but this isn’t stopping people from taking the shortest route by walking on the grass verge, and crossing the road – in this case with tragic consequences.

“The idea of keeping keep pedestrians and vehicles apart via a network of secluded paths and subways may have seemed like a great idea in the 1960s but it hasn’t worked because your instinct is to follow the road, even where there are no pathways.

“Communities Secretary Hazel Blears saw this for herself when I recently invited her to Skelmersdale. I shall be writing to her about this latest incident and outlining how I believe that it is vital we sort out the town’s path network.

“Action needs to be taken now and over the long-term to ensure we avoid any similar tragedies in the future.”

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